SERIES: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians, Book 3
Written by Ellen Prager
Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo
Mighty Media Junior Readers 5/03/2016
280 pages Ages 9—13
“Being a teenager is never easy.
Especially when you can talk to sharks!
Hunt has enough to worry about with girl troubles,
his parents, and trying to keep his extraordinary abilities
a secret. But when Tristan and his friends are called upon to
investigate the disappearance of stingrays and other ocean life in the
waters off Grand Cayman, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been
before. Can Tristan solve the mystery of the missing stingrays and save
them from a horrible fate? Or will he and his friends become the stingray-nappers next victims?
“Join Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians on
their most dangerous adventure yet.”
Before I begin, let me say I love the back matter above. Can you see the stingray? I’ve been to Grand Cayman—made up of two islands: Grand Cayman and Little Cayman—where this story is located and I swam with the stingrays—one of the most exciting experiences I had in the Caribbean. So I have high expectations for Stingray City, the actual name of the place where stingrays gather for the friendly squid feedings. If you have the opportunity to go to Stingray City, please go. You’ll enjoy this unusual experience.
Tristan and his friends, Sam, Hugh, Rosina, and Ryder are off to Grand Cayman Island and Stingray City when dozens of stingrays are missing. Most of the fish and rays are not talking, too scared to speak. Others are hiding, staying deeply covered on the ocean floor. Something or someone has taken half the stingrays. Grand Cayman officials are hopeful the Sea Guardians can find out what is happening. Led by an eccentric inventor, the team swims out to talk to the local fish. Suddenly, and without warning, a cargo ship’s bow opens. The rushing water sucks in Tristan, Hugh, and Sam. With three teens held captive, the team not only needs to find the missing stingrays, but must also rescue three campers. Will the kids make it home in time for Christmas?
Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians is a great choice for both boys and girls, age 7 and up. Even adults will love Tristan and his friends, as they tirelessly work to save the world’s oceans. Prager’s writing continues to improve with a story full of humor and heart, twists and plausible situations. Readers will feel the water at their heels, as sea creatures once again help the teens in their quest, making heroes of these lovely creatures. On the cusp of their third year of training, the campers have gained confidence in their abilities, though none as much as Tristan. Tristan possesses a dangerous amount of confidence, which gets him and two friends into a seemingly hopeless situation. It is up to the other characters to rescue the teens, giving them a moment to shine.
Many of the locations in Stingray City are real, as explained in an author’s note. The same holds true for the first two editions, one based in the Bahamas and the other in the British Virgin Islands. If you are thinking of visiting any of these areas, the Tristan Hunt series is the perfect introduction for your kids. Between the series and its website, kids and adults can learn much about ocean life, habitats, and the unusual traits and abilities some of these sea creatures possess. The Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians a wonderful tool for science teachers, conservationists, and others working with middle school kids and teens.
If the series does continues, and I sincerely hope it will, the next story might involve green algae blooms that choke our waters, such as those that bloomed in Lake Erie the past few years. Tristan gets the call for this situation at story’s end. I hope this is a sign of another Sea Guardians story is on its way. I would love to know how the teens solve this problem, given much of the trouble begins on land. Until then, Shark Whisperer, Shark Rider, and Stingray City will captivate readers who give Tristan and his friends their much-deserved attention. If Stingray City is truly the last Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians story, I will miss the characters in and out of the waters. Well, maybe not the villains.
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STINGRAY CITY (TRISTAN HUNT AND THE SEA GUARDIANS, BOOK 3). Text copyright © 2016 by Ellen Prager. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Antonio Javier Caparo. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Mighty Media Junior Readers, Minneapolis, MN.
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